Pamper Your Hands - DIY Beauty for Valentines Day

Christmas is done and as we look forward to Valentines day it is time to pamper (read spoil) ourselves just a little after all of that hard work! These simple steps can be done using basic household products and/or products you probably already have and your hands will feel and look wonderful.

Step 1: The boring normal stuff- Trim, clean, and buff nails as you normally would. Remove any old nail polish.

Step 2: Scrub, Scrub, Scrub- Scrub your hands with any really good facial scrub. Ones such as St. Ives apricot scrub, or Pro-Active facial scrub, any that are abrasive. You want one that will really scrub away the old skin cells. Or you can use sugar mixed with just a little water to make a nice sugar scrub.

Step 3: Moisture - Dry hands and use a natural, if possible, moisturizer. Your hands should feel wonderful already.

Step 4: More moisture - Add a touch more moisturizer to each fingernail, take a washcloth and buff the moisturizer into each fingernail making sure to push back the cuticle gently as you do so.

Step 5: And even more moisture - Apply a heavy moisturizer to your hands. Or you can use olive oil mixed with a little honey if you prefer. Olive oil has been used for centuries as a moisturizer and honey is a beauty secret from my family.

Step 6: Overnight - Put cotton gloves on over the heavy moisturizer. The pair pictured above are from Burt's bees. You can skip the gloves if you do not have any.  New, never used 100% cotton garden gloves can be used as a substitute. Or you can use new, never worn socks (just don't let anyone see you 'cause it will look funny). Wear overnight.

Step 7: The morning after - In the morning your hands will feel amazing, but we are not done yet! Repeat step 4, and the next step, #8, is probably the most important one.

Step 8: Every day - Put a bottle of moisturizer and a fingertip towel next to every sink you wash your hands at.  While your hands are still warm and wet from washing them apply moisturizer and then dry them.  Doing it in this order will help the moisturizer penetrate the skin, and will remove any extra so that your hands will not feel "greasy". Repeat this step daily and you will have healthy feeling and beautiful looking hands.

P.S. If you don't have one of these, I highly recommend them, they are the best. They have 3 sides labeled side1:smooth, side2:buff, side3:shine. And they really work!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Jesse-These are fabulous reminders and tips on taking care of our hands. I love the olive oil and honey tip! I use heavy lotion and gloves at night too. What a difference. I usually use a hand scrub, but it is expensive! I love your idea to use a face scrub- much more reasonable!
Wonderful, wonderful post!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I'm intrigued! I don't take the time on myself at all in this regard. My son has been saying I have grandma looking hands so I think that's my cue to girly up some. :)

Thanks for the great unique tips and linking up to SNS!

FJ Donna

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Thanks for the great reminder to take care of the hands. Mine need the help right now.

Cha Cha said...

So this sounds like pretty professional advice. Do you have a certificate to back this up, just asking( I do). Thanks for the reminder to take care of oursleves.

Cha Cha

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Oh no, no certificate! Just gathered tips here and there, tried them out and this is what I have found to be the best. Maybe you could suggest a few more tips?

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